CMS News Tag

On November 4, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule for 2021. Overall the changes this year were minimal since this was the first year for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and there is not enough data to support significant changes. Furthermore, the COVID pandemic affected industry operations which mitigated reform to the PDGM payment structure. Agencies should review the changes affecting their operations from the fifty-nine-page rule, but here is a quick glance at the updates:

States may be complicating non-physician certifications in home health care, as hospitalizations and homecare needs rise. In this edition of the Homecare Software blog...the CARES Act has made it possible for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists to certify eligibility for home health. This has facilitated movement in the home health care industry towards eliminating Medicare’s rigid physician certification requirements and policies. Congress first warmed to the idea of allowing non-physician certification in the early spring just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to surge. At the end of the day, in spite of the federal government’s efforts, states by law have the final say when it comes to making these overtures into reality.

The worldwide Coronavirus pandemic has caused ripple effects across numerous sectors of the global and local economies. A dramatic shift upwards in demand for homecare and medical care in general, has subsequently changed the way that healthcare is delivered and received on many fronts.

CMS Extends Moratorium Affecting New Home Health Care Agency Openings in Certain Cities

 

In this edition of the Homecare Software blog, we turn our attention to the CMS, and its crack down on fraud prevention in selected areas of the U.S. As of Feb 2015, the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opted to extend a recently imposed moratorium on new Medicare home healthcare agencies for an additional six months. Also included within those affected by the moratorium are subunits and ambulance suppliers in many of the major cities targeted as part of the CMS’s ongoing efforts to end fraud in the industry.